One of the greatest Japanese
anime TV shows of all time, Macross hit the TV screens on October
3rd, 1982 and ran till June 26th, 1983 with a total of 36 episodes
at around 24 minutes a peace. Giving viewers a glimpse of a future
world that has come into contact with extraterrestrial technology
and later on life itself.
In 1999, an alien ship crashes
on South Atalia Island and makes the human race aware of other life
in space. Ten years later, the ship is reconstructed and christened
as the SDF-1 Macross. However, on the day of its maiden voyage, an
alien race called the Zentraedi make their appearance on Earth, beginning
the UN Spacy/Zentraedi war that would change the history of both races
For the most part the characters
are the same as in the Robotech version with the exception of the
Chief Engineering Officer, Dr. Lang. In the original Macross this
character has no name and no real role aside from the few times he
is shown informing the captain of the situation on the SDF-1.
In Robotech the Dr. plays a more importent role, also later on for
those of you who have read the Novels or have seen the Robotech II
Here are the Character names
as fallows, also with the names of the voice actors who have played
them, along with some other shows that they have worked on. Note that
not every single show will be listed, just some of the popular ones.
Anime Shows worked on:
||Ranma ˝ (TV)
as Niku-man 4
Captain Tsubasa (TV) as Koyama
Back 2012 (OAV) as Lynn Minmay
Macross: Do You Remember Love?
(movie) as Lynn Minmay
(OAV) as Fleia
Cowboy Bebop (TV) as Arisa
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death
& Rebirth (movie) as Naoko Akagi
Sailor Moon (TV) as Queen Serenity
(TV) as Babel II
City Hunter (TV) as Ryo Saeba
Detective Conan (TV) as Kogoro
Dragon Ball Z Movie 1: The Deadzone
as Garlic Jr
Fist of the North Star (TV) as
Macross Zero (OAV) as Roy Focker
|Vrlitwhai (Britai) Kridanik
Gundam - The Movie Trilogy as Flanagan Boone
|Milia Fallyna Jenius
Super S (TV) as Ms. Morino
My Youth (movie) as Mira
Dominion Tank Police (OAV) as Leona
Dragon Ball (TV) as Bulma
Love Hina (TV) as Shinobu's mother
Ranma ˝ (TV) as Ukyou Kuonji; Kaori
|Linn (Lynn) Kaifun,
#6 (OAV) as Yuri Maiakofski
Dragon Ball (TV) as Tenshin-han
Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie
Trilogy as Bright Noa; Ramji
Pokemon (TV) as Sakaki
Video Girl Ai (OAV) as Ai's Creator
|Bruno J. Global
the Galactic Heroes (OAV) as Walter von Schenkopp
Master Keaton (TV) as Lord Fenders
Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar
(TV) as Narrator
My Annette (TV) as Danny
|Claudia La Salle, Narrator
999 Movie as Ryuzu/Mime
Urusei Yatsura (TV) as Oyuki
|Vanessa Laird, Mayor's
Stories (OAV) as Aisha
Crusher Joe: The Movie as Alfin
Victory (TV) as Prince (ep 26)
DNA˛ (TV) as Yokomori
Inu Yasha (TV) as Water God
Magical Project S (TV) as Principal
Patlabor (TV) as Kiichi Goto
(TV) as Ewan Remington
Dragon Ball Z (TV) as Zarbon
Irresponsible Captain Tylor (TV)
as Makoto Yamamoto
Trigun (TV) as Nicholas D. Wolfwood
|Quamzin Kravshera, Conda
(TV) as Krysto (ep 30)
Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy
(movie) as Fuma A
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (TV) as June
Kock; Lance Gylen
Gundam ZZ (TV) as Yan
(TV) as Quinze
|Takashi Hayase, Mayor
(OAV) as Professor Fujii
Dragon Ball (TV) as Son Gohan
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex (TV) as Daisuke Aramaki
Patlabor 1: The Movie as Seitaro
Here is a list
of the people who make the show possible.
Chief Director: Noburo Ishiguro
Episode Director: Noburo
Character Design: Haruhiko
Key Animation: Hideaki Anno
Music Composition: Kentaroh
Producer: Akira Inoue
Project Planning: Yoshimasa
Series Script Supervisor:
Theme Song Performance:
Makoto Fujiwara (OP & ED)
Mari Iijima (as Lynn Minmay)
Here is a list
of the companies who spend the money that make these shows possible.
Animation: Anime Friend,
Broadcaster: Mainichi Broadcasting
Distributor: Bandai Visual
Story Concept: Artland, Studio
Booby Trap 02.
Lynn Minmay 05.
Bye-Bye Mars 08.
Longest Birthday 09.
Blind Game 11.
First Contact 12.
Blue Wind 14.
Global Report 15.
Kung Fu Dandy 17.
Burst Point 20.
Paradise Lost 21.
Love Concert 23.
Drop Out 24.
Virgin Road 26.
Love Drifts Away
My Album 29.
Lonely Song 30.
Satan's Dolls 32.
Broken Hearts 33.
Private Time 35.
Farewell to Tenderness
Many people may wonder what's
the difference between original Macross here and the Robotech version
of Macross Saga. Well as I've stated above, one difference is the
character of Dr. Lang in the Robotech version. This character doesn't
exist in Macross by name, he is just some no name person from engineering
we see a few times.
Also, and the most important
of differences is that of protoculture. In the Robotech version
protoculture is a type of new matter which can be used to produce
energy, and it also drives the SDF-1's Fold drives amongst other things
basically it's a super fuel source. In original Macross though, the
idea of protoculture is totally different breaking down the word into
to you get 'proto' which is Greek, and 'culture' which we all know
already. The word 'proto' in Greek means first, so if we combine the
words together we get first culture. In Macross that's more or less
what protoculture is, not some sort of magic fuel source that
powers everything like in Robotech.
In Macross the Protoculture
was a very old and very advanced race that is thought to have created
humans and Zentradi, since in Macross and in the Robotech version
we find out that humans and Zentradi are more or less 100% compatible
genetically, Original Macross plays on this plot twist to give you
a different story then what you get with Robotech's version.
Other changes are in the
episodes themselves, as you note above the last two episodes have
different titles then their Robotech versions. This doesn't mean that
they show different things animation wise, that's far from it,
the changes that they do have are on the dialogue side of things.
Also in the Robotech version there is talk of an SDF-2 which is then
shown to be destroyed by Kyron's ship. In original Macross this isn't
the case at all, the ship shown is the same old SDF-1, there
is no SDF-2 at all, nor talk about building an SDF-3 like in Robotech.
There is also no talk about
an expeditionary force to be led by Lisa, (Misa in original Macross)
like you get in Robotech. These few changes in the plot towards the
end of the show in the Robotech version is so that it can better fit
along with the next saga of the story, Southern Cross, and also with
the 3rd, New Generation. In order for these 3 different stories to
fit together, a few changes had to be done to each story wise or else
you just wouldn't get a match going.
Aside from these changes
the majority of the story still holds true in both shows, both are
36 episodes long and show the same thing frame for frame, more
or less anyways. A few of the names are different but not all that
much, Macross is Japanese to begin with. The mecha in
both are the same, from the Zentradi ships to the SDF-1 and it's VF-1's
etc. And last but not least is the love story, that great love triangle
is the same in both, and wasn't changed at all.